If you’ve even considered getting pregnant, you know some of the common factors that can affect fertility, such as age and weight. Today, the reproductive specialists at SHER Fertility Institute in New York share some of the more surprising factors that can affect your ability to get pregnant.
- Excessive exercise. Although some of us might not be getting enough exercise, which can also be an issue, getting too much exercise can also lessen your chances of conceiving. Over exercising can disrupt a woman’s hormones and cause irregular cycles. Ask your doctor for a personal recommendation, but the average person should aim to exercise for about 30 minutes, five times per week.
- Hot tubs. This one is specifically for the males; any activity that heats up the body too much also affects the temperature of the testicles. And sperm does not do well in heat. While trying to conceive, it is best for men to avoid hot yoga, hot tubs, hot baths, saunas, and tight underwear and clothes.
- Lubricants. Water-based lubricants can make it more difficult to get pregnant because sperm tend to absorb the water. Petroleum-based varieties may alter a women’s pH balance, killing the sperm. Instead, try a lube such as Pre-Seed that is specifically made for those trying to conceive.
- Antidepressants. Our brain controls our entire body, and that means that certain medications can affect hormones in the brain (for both men and women), making it more difficult to get pregnant. Be sure to mention to your doctor that you are hoping to grow your family and ask if any current medications may inhibit those efforts.
- Genetics. Our DNA sets us up for so many health-related predispositions, and infertility is one of them. Those with mothers who had trouble conceiving, endometriosis, female-related cancers, or who went through early menopause, could be negatively affected. There are no guarantees when it comes to those genes, but it is worth talking about with your mom to find out her history.
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